LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — A former WWE wrestler and current television broadcaster is joining the oft-discussed Washington Redskins name debate, siding in favor of change.
John Bradshaw Layfield, better known to wrestling fans as JBL, says the Redskins name is offensive and needs to be retired by the National Football League.
Although Layfield, who hung up his wrestling boots in 2009, is a fan of the Dallas Cowboys, he says the rivalry with Washington does not a factor in his opinion.
“(The) name ‘Redskins’ it is a derogatory term and no team would now be allowed to use it,” he recently blogged. “It’s not like ‘Braves’ or ‘Warriors’, it’s a slur and my opinion is they need to change it … (It) doesn’t change the team or their terrific history as one of NFL’s great clubs.”
Layfield says changing the name is the “right thing to do.”
In addition to his broadcast duties on WWE’s Monday Night RAW, Layfield serves as a financial analyst for FOX News. He is married to successful banking analyst Meredith Whitney.
Layfield’s full blog can be found on The Layfield Report.